NRC plans meeting on safety evaluation

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting in Aiken on Tuesday to discuss a redacted safety evaluation report for the National Nuclear Security Administration's $4.86 billion mixed oxide fuel plant under construction at Savannah River Site.

The meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W. , and NRC staff members will be available to answer questions afterward.

The contractor for the project, Shaw AREVA MOX Services, applied in 2006 for a license to possess and use radioactive material at the proposed MOX plant that is designed to dispose of surplus plutonium from dismantled nuclear bombs by blending it with uranium to make commercial power plant fuel rods.

The commission's formal Safety Evaluation Report, published in December, concluded there are no safety issues to prevent the issuance of the license. But that stage remains years away, according to NRC officials.

The report, edited in places because of national security concerns, is available on the NRC Web site at www.nrc.gov/materials/fuel-cycle-fac/mox/licensing.html.

 

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